Gerald Bowman was supposed to attend Cal's junior day this past weekend but the Woodland Hills (Calif.) Pierce C.C. coach who was supposed to take him to Berkeley had to deal with a family emergency so the trip was cancelled.
The offer still stood. The Golden Bears are the latest to offer Bowman, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound safety who now has offers from Cal, Arizona, Arizona State and South Florida. A lot more is happening in his recruitment as well.
"I was supposed to go up to Cal for their junior day but (Friday) night my coach, the coach who was supposed to take me out there, sent me a text message and told me a situation came up and he had to deal with family, they were in the hospital so he wasn't able to take me out there," Bowman said.
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"I called the coach at Cal to let him know the situation and he understood. He said, 'Then I'll just let you know now that I wanted you to come out here because we were going to offer you.'
"He didn't want to do it over the phone, he wanted me to see the facility and meet the staff and meet him in person just to get a little idea of what I'd be dealing with in that program."
Cal is a big offer for Bowman, who finished with 56 tackles and an interception this past season at Pierce C.C. He's been talking with new defensive backs coach Ashley Ambrose and Bowman said he likes the message he's hearing from the Golden Bears.
"(Ambrose) said he's really excited about me, fired up, and the head coach e-mailed me as well," Bowman said. "They've been saying the same thing that after this season they're going to have a lot of younger guys on the defense and they're looking for a leader to come in and make plays and at the same time lead.
"That's definitely a huge deal. I was telling a friend of mine that the dream is becoming a reality. I always believed I could play at that level. It's just a matter of having that opportunity. Now I have it and now I'm seeing everything come to light."
That doesn't mean Bowman is ready to make his college decision. USC coach Ed Orgeron has gotten involved and the Trojans' assistant coach has told Bowman and others at Pierce C.C. that USC is really interested. Before Bowman makes his choice, he will probably figure out where the Trojans stand with him.
"I'm just going to wait," Bowman said. "I don't want to rush into anything. My head coach reached out to USC and they've been going back and forth. Coach Orgeron said he wishes I could go in and play for them right now. He said I could start for them right now and he doesn't want me to make any decisions until I talk to them."